by Paul Charles
£15 – 1 899 344 70 5
216mm x 135mm hardback
The fifth Detective Inspector Christy Kennedy mystery
When a woman’s crumpled body is discovered in a gas-filled flat in the Primrose Hill area of north London, it looks like just another suicide. But Detective Inspector Christy Kennedy isn’t so sure, especially when the dead woman is revealed as famous American singer-songwriter, Esther Bluewood.
Kennedy and his regular team of DS James Irvine and DC Anne Coles piece together the life and loves of Esther Bluewood and discover levels of greed, love, jealousy and intrigue that surprise even them. Then, just as the truth looks like emerging, one of the ‘suspects’ is murdered in a bizarre fashion…
To make matters worse, Kennedy discovers that his own estranged girlfriend, ann rea – always lower-case “a” and “r” – was a confidante of Esther Bluewood and his investigation leads him reluctantly to her door.
In this fifth Christy Kennedy mystery, the Camden Town detective finds himself investigating a case heavy with sudden death and intrigue, that comes with more twists and turns than the road from Kingsmarkham to St Mary Mead. Part whodunnit, part howdunnit, part love story, it again features a unique method of murder that has become Paul Charles’ trademark, as well as characters that practically leap off the page.
‘If you enjoy Morse, you’ll enjoy Kennedy’ – Talking Music, BBC Radio Two
Read an extract from Hissing of the Silent Lonely Room